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Log Cabin School Collection

Identifier: SC-000111


  • 1966/2022

Access to Materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use upon request.

Use of These Materials

The nature of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives and Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine depsite reasonable efforts. As a result, Hampden-Sydney College claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning and individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the College assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

The Log Cabin was built on the Hampden-Sydney campus in 1928, to serve as a meeting place for the Ministerial Association. Through the years, the building also served as housing for Hampden-Sydney employees, and an annex to the Kappa Alpha fraternity. In 1966, responding to a lack of early childhood education in Prince Edward county, the wives of several Hampden-Sydney faculty members banded together to create a cooperative pre-school housed in the Log Cabin building. The school educated both white and black children from the community, making it exceptional during a period of significant resistance to racial equality in the county.

The steering committee initially included Mrs. Gerald L. Engel, Mrs. Paul Grier, Mrs. Edward Kiess, Mrs. Taylor Reveley, Mrs. Frances Scott, Mrs. James Simms, and Mrs. H. W. Vassey. Frances Scott eventually took on a more primary role at the school, and remained a fixture at Log Cabin for over thirty years. She continues to live in close proximity to Hampden-Sydney, and is a resident of the Mercy Seat neighborhood.

This artificial collection consists of digitized records gathered by Maryska Connolly-Brown and Angela Way that pertain to the administration and operation of the Log Cabin School, oral history interviews with participants, and items donated by former volunteers at the school. The project is ongoing.


1.21 Gigabytes (The preserved digital folder "Log Cabin Nursery School" contains 195 files and 29 folders which include oral histories, transcripts, scanned release forms, and scanned copies of all physical documents in the collection.)

1 Cubic Feet (1 Legal Hollinger Box; 1 Medium Flat Box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the order that materials were received.
Log Cabin School Collection
Sarah E. Almond
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Hampden-Sydney College
Walter M. Bortz III Library
P.O. Box 7
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943 United States
(434) 223-7225